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Program Overview

Kinesiology uses scientific theory and modern research methods to generate practical applications for the advancement of health, wellness, healthcare, and disease prevention. Evidence-based coursework in nutrition, exercise physiology, and the psychology of exercise and behavior contribute to students’ pursuit of both careers in health-related fields and a healthy lifestyle. Specifically, students in KNES will learn to practice healthy choices; demonstrate that health and wellness are necessary for improved quality of life; prepare to address contemporary health issues including health disparities; and master preventative health behaviors that mitigate and minimize chronic disease. Additionally, students will engage in research, collaborative projects, internships, and community outreach as they utilize contemporary practice and technology to serve others. Finally, KNES also prepares students entering allied health care professions where they will be trained to provide compassionate, therapeutic interventions and holistic health care.


Program Requirements

Major Requirements for a B.S. in Kinesiology

  1. Fundamentals of Biological Science (20 hours)
    • BIOL 101: Principles and Methods of Biology (4 hours)
    • BIOL 202: Structure and Function of Organisms (4 hours)
    • BIOL 251: Medical Terminology (4 hours)
    • BIOL 301-302: Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II (8 hours)
  2. Kinesiology Core (13 hours)
    • KNES 101-102: Introduction to Kinesiology & Exercise Nutrition (4 hours)
    • KNES 341: Biomechanics (4 hours)
    • KNES 342: Exercise Physiology (4 hours)
    • KNES 401: Senior Seminar (1 hour)
  3. Kinesiology Electives (12 hours, 9 hours above 300 level)
    • KNES 112: General Wellness (1 hour)
    • KNES 1xx: First aid/CPR (1 hour)
    • PHIL 212: Bioethics (4 hours)
    • KNES 3xx: Exercise Assessment and Prescription (4 hours)
    • KNES 3xx: Advanced Cardio Physiology (4 hours)
    • KNES 3xx: Personal and Community Health (3 hours)
    • KNES 2xx: Principles of Str. & Conditioning (4 hours)
    • KNES 3xx: Exercise for Special Populations (3 hours)
    • KNES 3xx: Motor Learning (4 hours)
    • KNES 352: Kinesiology research methods (4 hours)
    • KNES 491-4: Kinesiology Internship (1-4 hours)
  4. Supportive Courses (3 course – 12 hours)
    • PHYS 104/114: Physics and Physics Laboratory I
    • MATH 115 as the Symbolic Reasoning Explorations course requirement
    • PSY 304 as B.S. second symbolic reasoning requirement


Graduate Study Preparation 

Students wishing to pursue the following pre-professional degrees should take the following courses because they are prerequisites for admission into many programs. Students should consult with their advisers and review program-specific requirements to ensure that all prerequisites for admission are complete before graduation.

Doctor of Physical Therapy

  • PSY 101: Introduction to Psychology as social science core
  • PSY 250: Human Growth and Development as social science core
  • CHEM 121/123-122/124: General Chemistry and General Chemistry Laboratory I and II
  • PHYS 105/115: Physics and Physics Laboratory II


Doctor of Occupational Therapy

  • PSY 101: Introduction to Psychology as social science core
  • PSY 250: Human Growth and Development as social science core
  • PSY 362: Abnormal Psychology


Masters in Athletic Training

  • PSY 101: Introduction to Psychology or PSY 250: Human Growth and Development as social science core
  • CHEM 121/123: General Chemistry and General Chemistry Laboratory I or CHEM 105/115: Chemistry and Society


Recommendation for First-Year Students

Students intending to major in kinesiology should enroll in BIOL 101 (Principles and Methods of Biology) in the fall of their freshman year. Kinesiology majors with specific post-graduation goals should consult with a kinesiology faculty member early in their academic careers to determine track/courses best meet their goals.

High school graduates who have taken the Advanced Placement test may receive credit for BIOL 101, depending on their test scores as shown in the Advanced Placement section of the catalogue.


*pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Contact Info

Dr. Anna Leal

Mickle Hall 207

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